Andrea Alunni joined ISMB in September 2016 as Chairman, bringing more than 20 years of proof-of-concept and finance for progressing technology spin-outs experience to his role with the company. For almost a decade Andrea was the Head of New Venture Support and Funding at the University of Oxford where he assisted the Oxford University Innovation senior management team to deal with the creation of new startups across all University's research subjects, managing proof-of-concept funds , fundraising activity for seed funding, interfacing the financial community, running the Oxford Angels Network, deploying seed investments and monitoring start-ups' activity at Board level to achieve growth.
Prominent work done by Andrea in previous roles includes coaching talented CEOs and top managers of Oxford University's business ventures to lead a successful startup. He was also Member of the Oxford Impact Acceleration Account, the Technology Fund Panel of the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK. As an electronics engineer by background (Italy-1990 Cum Laude), Andrea gained an MSc in Strasbourg (France-1994) in the field of Technology Transfer, and an MBA in Rome (Italy-1995) on finance and M&A. PhD in Early-stage finance for innovation at the University of Perugia-Italy.
In the wider international arena, Andrea also gained outstanding reputation from his professional experience in the field of finance, technology and innovation, after working in the corporate finance operations of Telecom Italia in the 1990s, in technology investment banking at Nomura and in private equity at CDC Capital Partners in the 2000s. He is an approved person by SFA (Securities & Financial Derivatives Representative - now FCA, Financial Conduct Authority), which is the financial regulatory body in the United Kingdom. He is the author of articles, books and screenplay about technology.